Hoffa, The War of the Roses, Fox Classics Coming Up
Posted August 8, 2012 03:24 PM by Webmaster
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has revealed that it is preparing a number of exciting Blu-ray releases set to appear on the market in Q4 and early 2013. The studio has confirmed that amongst them is Joseph L. Mankiewicz's epic Cleopatra (1963), which has been out on Blu-ray in Europe for some time now.
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post has also confirmed that the studio is planing to bring to Blu-ray director-approved Blu-ray editions of Danny DeVito's The War of the Roses (1989) and Hoffa (1992). Both releases will apparently be part of Fox's "Signature " series.
In November, Fox also plans to re-release Franklin J. Schaffner's Patton (1970), featuring a new high-definition transfer.
Catalog collections devoted to Robert Mitchum and Denzel Washington are also apparently prepped for release on October 10th.
Perhaps the most exciting news, however, is that Fox is getting ready to revive its terrific Studio Classics line, which started back in the VHS days. According to the New York Post, the first Blu-ray titles will likely appear sometime in 2013.
Lastly, on October 23rd Fox is also releasing a 3D Blu-ray edition of Alex Proyas' futuristic action thriller I, Robot (2004).
I enjoy Hoffa and The War of the Roses whether I would get right away not sure. Fixing Patton is something the studio should have done awhile ago. Collections are sweet but I prefer for some reason director collections but that being said collections like James Dean or Marilyn Monroe work because of the lack of output because of their careers being cut short for whatever reason. Either way glad that stuff coming out that maybe wasn't before. The Robert Mitchum a good example. Denzel seems like his stuff already be available. But maybe that means more special features or better transfers. I have no interest in the 3D stuff sorry, I thin Hollywood shot themselves in the foot with that. Some films benefited from it, others didn't especially if done in post rather than being shot native.
im wondering if those Mitchum titles are MGM titles, since Fox owns MGM maybe we will get a better version of Not as a Stranger. Im trying to think what else Mitchum did for Fox..Farewell My Lovely, and some war classics
You don't impress me and your office don't impress me, and your family don't impress me. Bunch of rumrunners. And I don't need 300 million dollars and my brother elected President to whop your fuckin' ass, you slimy little prick.
Looks as if Fox is going to be busy in that last quarter and into next year with some intriguing releases.
I'm particularly looking forward to The War of the Roses, one of the best comedies of the 1980s and, I would say, one of the best comedies about relationships ever. Everyone involved (Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) was at the top of their game. Others that will have a high priority include Cleopatra and, when it hits a lower price point, the remastered Patton (I've bought that title on blu twice already).
Hoffa looks intriguing, as does the potential Robert Mitchum, Denzel Washington and Studio Classics series releases, depending on which titles come to fruition.
@pointless - Of course they were. But Fox never implied that they would be part of an ongoing classic series. In this case, if they revive the official Classics line, which is what they are apparently planning, there is indeed a new development.
Finally they are going to re-release Patton. I have heard horror stories of the heavily DNR on the Blu-Ray. Like an idiot I purchased it without knowing the pitfalls of the transfer, I have never viewed it though.
@themadpanner: There's a number of reasons some of us are leery of ordering from another country
- Fear that the discs simply won't work on our player even though the specs. indicate otherwise (distrust of the studios)
- The movie may be playable but sometimes the special features aren't (confusing and frustrating)
- Price is inflated by customs duties, local sales taxes (sometimes up to 50%)
- Hope that an edition will be released soon in our own country with a BETTER transfer than the foreign version or new extras, packaging and "swag"
- Hesitancy to deal with a foreign company (what if something goes wrong with the order?)
- Previous bad experience with the mail or courier service
FTR. I'm in Canada. My reservations are based on my own experience in dealing with foreign companies. I'm currently in a "dialogue" over two lost DVDs with one of the majors who specialise in Criterion discs. I also have written off getting a replacement for my Out of Africa BD. You Americans may not have these problems. The conclusion I've reached is that ordering across the border, any border just isn't worth the hassle, at least for me.
I have the Cleopatra from the UK and it's everything you could wish for. What a stunning transfer of picture and sound. I Robot in 3D sounds exciting, I guess Fox is picking other titles to convert in a new process that doesn't cost a much but according to Fox, looks better than what was available to do with 2d to 3d conversion previously. My wish is for a 3D The Sound of Music!!!! Perfect film for 3D.
Funny but I've never though of True Lies as worthy of an expensive and time consuming restoration. It is an entertaining movie for sure but that's about it. There are so many better films needing major work before they can be released. I'd sooner have the studios devote their best resources to those. Priorities are important.
reidw...there are plenty of reasons Fox should make True Lie a priority release 1 being it was blockbuster in its time,it has agreat cast for an action movie.Second,its James Cameron who if you are not aware has the two top grossing movies of all time.Third,Arnold is starting his comeback in movies,i am sure Fox is aware of this and would sell many Blurays.and finally,True Lies has been released ONCE,yes one time in non anamorphic release,zero extras so a special Edition would be the only way to go.